UK’s Ambassador to the USA - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 6:45 pm on 8th July 2019.

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Photo of Lord Hannay of Chiswick Lord Hannay of Chiswick Crossbench 6:45 pm, 8th July 2019

My Lords, will the Minister accept from someone who spent 10 years at the head of two of Britain’s largest missions that this sort of leak would have made my work completely impossible? Does he also agree that whoever was responsible for the leak—let us hope that they are found and, if necessary, prosecuted—has done grievous damage to one of our most important overseas relationships, and that that is unpardonable? Does he also agree that President Trump’s reaction shows just why confidentiality between the ambassador and the Government here is necessary?